Dally M medalist Jack Wighton has followed up his best year on the field with the biggest offseason of his life.
On the verge of his return to the field in Saturday's NRL All Stars match, a relaxed Wighton spoke about the huge few months which followed Canberra's preliminary final exit in October last year.
In January he proposed to his partner Monisha while the couple also announced they were expecting a third child.
It follows a huge year off the field for Wighton and his family, who moved to a rural property just outside of Canberra last year.
"I like it mate, it's only a little block but something to do every day, the girls are loving it now, they've got a little pony," Wighton said.
"It's all happening, it's pretty busy at the moment. Got a little bub due in June I think, around there.
"I finally got the courage to drop on the knee. Down the coast, with everything going on it was the last option, it was the last weekend I got away so I got it done."
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Wighton was given an extended break from the Raiders after his NSW commitments, and returned to preseason after two huge years in the NRL which have netted a Clive Churchill and Mal Meninga Medal to go with his 2020 Dally M.
"You've just got to leave everything that's happened behind, even the good stuff, and take it as a new leaf this year," Wighton said.